Every year toy manufacturers develop new toys and games to promote development. Most of them are made of complicated plastic parts. Others are interactive and noisy. Many are designed to serve different purposes.
While all of these toys can play a role in your child's education, it's possible that you're spending a lot of money without really getting anything of educational value back. However, wooden toys often have many more uses than the latest, trendy educational toys.
1. Wooden toys do not age
Wooden toys themselves are, of course, chic and fashionable. In fact, this has been the case for decades, if not centuries. Your grandparents and great-grandparents learned to play with wooden toys when they were young, and your grandchildren and great-grandchildren can do the same. While there are a whole host of cool, new educational toys out there, sometimes it's best to stick with the tried and true. Even though wooden toys are always changing and evolving in color, design and organization, they offer the same classic feel and developmental benefits that children have been reaping for generations.
2. Wooden toys are stable
Let's face it - kids are rude with their toys and other learning materials. I'm sure you have at least one board game incomplete or at least one toy already flying around the house destroyed. Wooden toys can not only be fun to play with for generations, but can also be passed down through the generations. Because it's made of wood and therefore hard, it's hard to damage them, scratches and scuffs aside. It also rarely shatters into thousands of pieces when dropped. If you're going to invest in educational toys for your home, you also want to make sure that they will last a long time and may even be useful to multiple children.
3. Wooden toys grow with your child
When you get wooden toys for your home, you own something that is sturdy, versatile, and will grow with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers can play creatively with it in simple ways or stack it in simple ways. Older children, on the other hand, can incorporate the wooden toy into more complex imaginary scenarios, examine it for geometric shapes and physical properties, and use it to develop problem-solving strategies. As your child's mental and physical abilities grow, the wooden toys continue to unfold new applications as well. Most educational toys have a specific age rating, but wooden toys are so versatile that they can serve a range of ages and developmental needs.
4. Wooden toys help the development of imagination.
Wooden toys give your child the opportunity to take control of their own play and determine the play scenario. Even wooden cars, wooden food or everyday wooden objects encourage children to use their imagination to include them in their play. Other wooden toys have simple shapes, such as blocks, arcs, triangles, and circles. These basic shapes allow children to discover them for themselves and come up with creative ways to combine the shapes and use them in different themes. Meanwhile, a child who builds a tower or a building out of blocks learns a lot about physics without thinking about it. When he puts known shapes together in such a way that a new shape is created, he unconsciously learns geometric basics.
The shape or form of the wooden toy is primarily important to arouse the child's interest. Then it will creatively incorporate the toy into its play on its own. Especially younger children can use pretty much any object in any scenario. The stick becomes a guitar, the wooden cylinder a cup and the wooden plate a spaceship. Especially the wooden toys that have no obvious purpose can be incorporated into play in an infinite number of ways.
5. Wooden toys combine practical skills
When children play with their imagination, they often learn for real life. For example, a child may have wooden toys in the form of food or household objects with which to act out household activities. Even if the child uses only very simple figures, he or she is using his or her imagination to play with them while practicing practical skills. For example, wooden sticks can represent money used to buy and sell other wooden toys. And if you want to make a fruit salad out of wood, the red circle becomes a strawberry, the blue circle a blueberry, and so on.
6. Wooden toys are not distracting
When children play with wooden toys, they themselves do all the voices, sounds or other sound effects instead of listening to the toy. The child determines what the toy does, not the other way around. In the process, of course, he or she has to concentrate to come up with different scenarios and solve the problems that come along with them. Even though children like toys with all kinds of bells and whistles, sounds or electronic functions can interrupt the child's thinking process and limit the use of imagination because now the toy determines what needs to be played and, more importantly, how.
7. Wooden toys encourage communication
Children do not like to play alone when they use their imagination and re-enact real-life situations. In this case, toys that talk or make sounds ensure that the child plays alone. He gets the necessary reaction and communication from his toy.
Wooden toys do not make sounds unless they fall down. It doesn't have flashing lights and it can't talk. So children need to find someone to play with to get the social feedback they need. If you have multiple children, you will find that wooden toys are rarely played with by one child alone. If you have only one child or want to encourage a child individually, you can be the playmate yourself. By interacting with the child during play, you can help him understand and act as a motivator when there is a decision to be made.
8. Wooden toys develop logical thinking
Wooden toys are not limited to a certain activity, you can play anything with them, you just need to figure out how to do it. Therefore, children's thinking ability is quite stimulated when they use wooden toys. For example, when a child tries to recreate a shape he saw the other day out of wooden blocks, it trains his logical thinking. They have to decide for themselves what belongs where and check the result themselves. Just sorting the wooden blocks by color, size or shape has a strong, positive influence on the child's ability to think.
9. Wooden toys help to solve problems
Wooden toys have the ability to help solve problems. At a basic level, children can use wooden toys to visualize problems such as addition and subtraction with wooden blocks. Likewise, they can be used to create logical tasks to solve. How high can the tower get? How can the castle be made even more stable so that it doesn't collapse when attacked?
Since wooden toys do not have specific uses, it is up to the child to use them in a way that achieves what he or she wants.
10. Wooden toys improve the coordination of movement
Because of their simple shape, wooden toys help children improve their hand-eye coordination. Whether this involves the child creating a complex wooden pizza or simply placing pieces as close together as possible, he or she must estimate the distance between the pieces and place them in the right way. Of course, this requires skill.
Children can also use wooden toys to learn concepts like "over", "under" "up" and "down" at an early age. When they solve puzzles or create shapes from wooden pieces, they also see with their own eyes how the elements fit into each other, which improves hand-eye coordination.
11. Wooden toys train fine motor skills
While playing with wooden toys, children develop their fine motor skills. Wooden toys come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes they do not fit perfectly in the hand and are difficult for children to grasp and uncomfortable to hold. Difficulty and uncomfortable may not be among the most important qualities a toy needs to have. However, the design prompts children to try different hand positions, find the most effective and comfortable one, and figure out what is already easy to handle and what is still too big.
Infants and toddlers can practice grasping with larger wooden cubes or toys, while kindergarten and school children can use wooden figures, balls, and sticks to practice a more accurate grip, wrist rotation, and other basic motor skills.
12. Wooden toys have their own feeling
Unlike toys made of lightweight plastic, wooden toys have much more weight, so children are more aware of what they are doing when interacting with the toy. This weight can also be useful for children with developmental delays to practice fine motor skills with, or for those children with sensory disorders, as heavier toys will help them learn to control their movements better.
Playing with wooden toys requires more effort than with other toys, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. For example, when a child plays with a wooden car, experience shows that it doesn't roll as smoothly and easily as a plastic car. This means that the child has to exert more force and thus interacts more intensively with the toy. This has a positive effect on the development process.
13. Wooden toys are safe
With wooden toys, you do not have to worry about the safety of your child, because wooden toys are not dangerous. Most of the time, it is so hard to break it that children don't have enough strength to do it. Therefore, there is no possibility of sharp edges or breaking small parts that can be swallowed. In addition, it is usually non-toxic and made of natural materials, which means it can be safely put in the mouth or chewed without worrying about dangers from harmful chemicals.
14. Wooden toys are quiet
So wooden toys won't bring unnecessary chemicals into your home, but they also won't make unnecessary noise. Aside from the fact that the lack of noise prevents children from being distracted, it also provides parents with a bit of peace and quiet, which can often be put to good use.
15. Wooden toys are beautiful
If you have a special place for learning at home pder simply combine educational toys with normal toys, you want to make sure that this place is also visually appealing. Wooden toys have their own aesthetics and attractiveness. It has bright colors that give positive energy to the learning process, even if it's just sitting in the closet. Toys with natural wood color can beautify a room without distracting the child from what they are doing. If the toys are in your everyday living space, they can be combined with your room decor. This allows them to be left lying around, allows the child to interact with them whenever they want, and doesn't have to be hidden away when guests come over.
Perhaps wooden toys are more expensive than many of the latest educational toys, but they have incredible value. Because they have no specific purpose and are designed in such basic shapes, they never go out of style.
As children get older, they find new ways to use the toy, using it to improve imagination, solve problems, or practice fine motor skills and logical thinking. It may not be the toy your child sees on TV commercials or YouTube, but it is timeless and gives children the opportunity to play and learn over a long period of time. And thanks to its appearance, it does not need to be hidden, but can always be ready to play.